Uncle Freddie wrote:Wow. Maybe the silence answers my question. :)
I guess I was expecting the HomePod to be embraced as a consumer mix reference similar to what we have seen with AirPods.
Is anyone using any other high-end brand of "smart" or "home hub" type speaker as a mix reference?
For example Sonos, Bang & Olufsen or ?
I'd never heard of HomePod until now. :D However, trying to make everything sound great is common to most hi-fi speakers (with various degree of success of course). Which is why they don't usually make good studio monitors.
I use a mono Auratone for a different perspective, but at my back I also have a BeoPlay A8 and a Sony little wireless speaker in the kitchen from a few years ago, about 7-8. They're there for leisure listening (sadly often monopolized by my 4yo to listen to Eiffel 65's "I'm blue" at full blast, but I digress). Both speakers occasionally receive my mixes, generally when they are at the "last retouch" stage.
However, keep in mind there's no "consumer mix reference". There's all kinds of systems out there (being so that it's quite hard to make good ones but no so hard to make not so good ones) so trying to evaluate a mix by listening to any consumer system is a bit quixotic.
My method is to think in classes: my good monitors and headphones first of course, but then hi-fi monitors (the A8 often does the job there), mono phone/computer speaker, earbuds, car, high power PA with accompanying mega-sub. If your mix conveys the message in any system belonging to these classes, it will work on anything.
Also worth nothing that your mix will always sound different on different classes of systems.